Truth Squad: Fact checking the GOP debate
November 13th, 2011
05:50 AM ET

Truth Squad: Fact checking the GOP debate

CNN's Truth Squad fact-checked some of the claims made at Saturday night's Republican presidential debate in Spartanburg, South Carolina. We'll take a look at some of the questions posed to the candidates, then share with you how they answered the question.

Romney: Repealing health plan will save billions

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney targeted the Affordable Care Act during Saturday's Republican candidates' debate in Spartanburg, South Carolina, saying a repeal would save billions of dollars.

The statement: "A lot of programs we like but we simply can't afford. The first one we'll eliminate, however, we're happy to get rid of. That's Obamacare. And that'll save us $95 billion by my fourth year," Romney said.

The verdict: True, but incomplete

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Bachmann: CIA interrogation is lacking

The statement: During Saturday night's Republican candidates' debate on national security issues, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota said the United States has nowhere to take terrorists for interrogation and said the CIA does not interrogate anymore.

The verdict: Misleading

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Santorum challenges Obama, Bush on Iran funding

The Statement: "I've been working on Iran since back in 2004 and proposed exactly the things that Herman and Mitt Romney suggested, which was to give money to the rebel forces there to help the pro-democracy movement and put tough sanctions in place. I was opposed by President Bush, and yet we were able to overcome that and pass the Iran Freedom and Support Act. I was able to get that done, and then President Bush didn't provide money for the pro-democracy movement and President Obama cut that money."

The verdict: Misleading

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Bachmann challenges administration on deficit

The statement: "In October, we just added another $203 billion in debt. When you consider the last time that Republicans controlled the budget, it was 2007 and debt was $160 billion per year. For every man, woman and child in the United States, it means each of us took $650 in debt for the month of October," Bachmann said.

The verdict: True, but incomplete

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  1. saywhat

    @ TSindiana

    You are not the only one hitting that brick wall. Many have tried dispelling the fog of propaganda & disinformation concealing the agenda you point at.
    As an American I feel saddened at the way this nation has been mislead and bamboozeld into subservience to the Zionist agenda.
    There is a ray of hope though . What respected Jewish public intellectuals like Uri Avnery, Ilan Pappie,Ira Chernus, Naom Chomsky & many others have been trying to do has now been taken up by great Jewish orgs like JStreet & Jewish Voice for Peace, Rabbis of North America for Peace and others. That is to get the truth about the agenda of the Zionist regime to American public. Especially in the context of Israel/Palestine conflict.

    November 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • seletar

      Noam Chomsky is one of the biggest liars on the planet and has no ethics whatsoever. Anyone who follows Chomsky is a fool.

      November 15, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hector

    The Jews of today are actually Khazars from southern Russia, not the true Jews from the Old Testament. Also, until 1965, the Jews WERE guilty of murdering Christ - but then the church was infiltrated by Jews and now it's "the Romans".

    And John 8:44 is about the Jews, just read the f-kin Bible.

    Dave, you poor soul, are so brainwashed! Jesus was the ultimate Jew-fighter, and yet here you are denouncing His message! Wake up, for the sake of this nation!!!

    November 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Or read "The King's Torah" compiled by that fanatic Rabbi Yitzahk Shapira & you would be scared out of your pants.
    Advocating & even mandating killing of non-Jewish babies among other non-sense.

    November 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Christ Jesus had established the church before he was crucified & his followers were Christians.The miracle of His birth & revelations he recieved right from his infancy to preach the Divine word established Christianity.

    Since Judaism preceded Jesus Christ the Judeo traditions do not recognize Jesus Christ as the Son of God or manifestation of God or even a prophet. In judaic traditions he is mostly recognized as a Jewish carpenter who taught at the time of Romans.
    The very people he was trying to save betrayed him to the Romans.

    November 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    There is a real shortage of intelligent, well-spoken, "presidential" material on the GOP lineup. These guys have such a exagerated agenda led by the Teavangelicals, based on half-truths and hidden agendas, that none of them comes off as someone most people would care to have representing and steering the nation!

    November 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Bible is very clear on betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot.
    Mathew 26:21-25, Mathew 26:15, Zecharia 11:12-13, Luke 22:48 and as @ Hector points out.

    November 14, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave in San Diego

      To Sat What – Yes you are correct that Judas BETRAYED Jesus. However, it was the Romans who TRIED, CONVICTED, & CRUCIFIED Jesus not the Jews. Also, no Christian religion was established until well into the 2nd century AD. The followers of Jesus while he was alive were in fact Jews who believed in the sermons and treachings of Jesus. That does not make them Christian. For the record, I am Catholic and go to church every week. But just because I am Catholic and Christian doesnt mean I ignore the historical record or facts that are true. What I am saying is backed up by history and theological professors. Just because Jesus and his followers were in fact Jews does not take anything away from his teachings or message.

      November 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hector

      Who shouted "Crucify him! Crucify him!" Was that the Romans? No, it was the JEWS! So please stop regurgitating your politically correct pro-Jewish nonsense.

      If you say you are a Christian that goes to church, you could at least take a little time out of your day to actually READ the Bible.

      November 14, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    @ bill

    rightly said.

    November 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hector

    The Talmud - read it.

    November 14, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Brownstain

    Ubekibekibekekistanstanlibliblibyayaya.
    Herman asks "is this a country or a pizza topping".

    November 15, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. slider

    Our President has great teleprompter skills.....

    November 15, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. PM Ohio

    Both sides spend money like there is no tomorrow when they get into office. That is the problem. Both sides blame each other to try to get elected, ignore the real problems facing the USA, then raid the Treasury when they have the power. Until we change our system of electing Government officials, it will always be this way. You need to be corrupt (to raise hundreds of millions of dollars) to get elected, then pay everyone back once you get there. Meanwhile, the politicians blame the other side and pull the race and religion card and everyone buys it. I don't get it.

    November 16, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. PM Ohio

    PS: If you want to argue religion get off the politics blog. There is no place in politics for religion and if you think there is, you are being fooled by the politicians who are trying to distract you from the horrible job they are doing for us.

    November 16, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. llbabe

    Race for the White house is well under way amongst the Republican and Democratic Party. AS a voter I think people need to listen to both sides regardless of their party affiliation. Obama has been in office cleaning up someone else’s mess and yet he still gets judged poorly. For example the administrations deficit. Obama saved the US from entering into another great depression.

    November 17, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wesley

      I agree that we need to look at both sides. But the real question is, did he save us? He continued the Bush bailouts, expanded them in fact. He added more money in just the 28 days of February, then Bush did in the entire year of 2007. Troops are still everywhere they were with Bush in office. More troops were added. New war with Libya was started WITHOUT even talking to congress about it. Unemployment is up, and our credit rating is down due to fiscal irresponsibility.

      Ron Paul wants to end all the wars, unless officially declared by congress, actually balance the budget, end the war on drugs, repeal the government's ability to invade your privacy via patriot act, and audit the Federal Reserve, who supplied all the bailouts that he voted against. This is why he gets no corporate backing, but still funds his campaign through contributions from average people. This is why he had TWICE as much as ALL the other candidates COMBINED from military contributions. These are the reasons why I will vote for him.

      November 23, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Marcus assem

    Santorum should take a real good look on the reason why people came to America. They left to escape religious persecution. Sadly this has not happened since the country has founded. Have we all forgotten these reasons. As a gay veteran of war, I had a sense that was protecting freedom. When I returned I found out harshly that there is a vail over is entire society. People say i will believe this in the bible, but not that it's stupid. If you believe in the bible and want to push your believes on other people. America is not for you. We came here to get away from people like you.

    November 20, 2011 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jonathan

    I will be voting for Governor Gary Johnson! Pro-Choice, Pro-Gay rights, Anti war GOP candidate who wants to balance the budget and legalize marijuana! Johnson is also a good steward of tax dollars. He came into office with a huge deficit and left 8 yrs later with a billion dollar surplus. His staff once asked him how he wanted his name read on the state welcome signs. He said Don't put my name on those signs, If we change them at all put welcome to New Mexico from the citizens of New Mexico so we dont have to spend money to change them in the future. As Governor he raised the speed limit to 75 on the highway and allowed people to buy beer on Sunday saying "this is a choice the people of New Mexico can make for themselves and don't need the govt telling them on what day they can buy beer." He understand the proper role of govt to protect you from force or fraud but to otherwise leave you alone unless your actions interfere with the rights of another. Check out Two term(one more than Mitt) Governor Gary Johnson! Dont let the media pick your candidate! Johnson's socially liberal and fiscally conservative stances will be attractive to democrat and independent voters in the general election, I think he is the man to beat obummer.. Gary Johnson is who we need in the White House. The People's President!

    November 25, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
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